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to be very candid about that. just as bombings all military use of force have air raids and we measure them in civilian casualties. it releases are also a complex human system that has the air rate and we should and often don't measure and a subsequent civilian death there have been a lot of people killed as a result of people that we have released and in retrospect we should not have released and we have done a lot of damage to people we should not have captured or detains. the basic contours' we have used so far back to the conversation we just had if anybody is the enemy combatants within the war now the obama administration retain the substance but dropped the word enemy combatants does the authorization for the use of military force which representitive barbara lee voted against coming in for authorize the force contained by the act of detaining somebody? i argue parts of the enemy against which congress has authorized the use of force, that is the basic paradigm we have used to date. i would argue that is too loose and not a useful way of thinking about the category of people we want
or reading sound less boring and the issue is so few of us have the time in the day to piece this together succinctly and brilliantly and watching ryan talk about something as boring as government policy but how it represented something on a map, a shift how drugs move from this country and with the related to in terms of what we need and what we hughes, we desire and how we try to get it is a truly brilliant thing. it does change the way you view the country and the geography and how we deal with people. so this is an honor to mind. it's an important book and necessary. "this is your country on drugs" is something everybody can read so there's not a reason to try not to read it and without further ado, join me in welcoming ryan grim. [applause] -- before, thanks, alex, that was kind. and thank you to ever believe it came to light. i appreciate this. this book gets complex at times the start of a very simply about eight years ago i realized i hadn't seen lsd and probably three years. i started looking for it. i started asking friends who go to fish shows or burning man or rainbow gathering
english should supersede or override black english, and whether black english outlived s usefulness, all of these consideratio and concern is. and, the reason why i say it is this wrong question, is that in the 21st century world, language is in fact your keyo being able to negotiate this world. and, rather than getting caught in the question of whether we should have one or the other, it really suld be a suation of discussing the merits of both, and the other languages we are going to be learning. i just came back fm algiers. there is a pan-african culture festival sponsored by the algerian government and they brought over 5,000 people from artists, intellectuals, scholars, writers, et cetera from all over the african continent and some parts of the diaspora. and the first thing that struck me as i got off of the plane, was that we were met by a group of algerian students, one young lady was 18 years old. and she was already fluent in french and the arab language. but, she was also fluent in english. and we had a conversation with her and we asked, well, you know, how did you learn your
>> this is the view of the u.s. capitol from robert novak's patio. did this give you inspiration when you were writing about the book? >> it always gives me inspiration of the capitol and the city where i have been over 50 years now. >> you looked on pennsylvania avenue, how has it changed since you came here 50 years ago? >> it's changed tremendously. just where we are now, there was a department store and we had a lot of crummy little stores and shops and two-story buildings and the great visionary who changed pennsylvania avenue was pat moynihan who lives in this building just up there in the next apartment under the pennsylvania avenue project, so it is much more like pierre l'enfant, the designer of washington wanted to be diprete avenue of the republic instead of something that looked like a fair rate provincial town. .. and see the great independence and the constitution prevents these so easily across the street from all those major documents? >> that is the justice department. she and her body guards used to walk over, it used to walk to the justice department every morn
advance our cause. to discuss this question, we are very fortunate to have with us here today not only the book's author, joshua muravchik, but also three commentators who are highly qualified to discuss his book in the issues that it raises. let me briefly introduce all of the members of the panel in the order in which they will speak. joshua muravchik is a fellow at the foreign policy institute of the johns hopkins school of advanced international studies. he is the author of eight previous books, including "heaven and earth: the rise and fall of socialism," published in 2001, and "exporting democracy," fulfilling america's destiny. published in 1991. and he has also published almost literally countless articles in major newspapers and journals. he served as a member of the state department advisory committee on democracy promotion, and he is a member of several editorials awards, including i am proud to say that of the journal of democracy. on my far right, doctor a sollie who spent many years as a practicing physician. is the president and founder of the american task force on pale
the case went all the way to the u.s. supreme court which upheld the city's authority to force miss kelo to sell her property. this is about 90 minutes. >> good afternoon, welcome to the cato institute. my name is roger pilon. i'm the director of center for constitutional studies which is hosting today's book forum. most believe the right to property is sacred and they have the right to do so because the constitution says nor shall private property shall be taken for private use without just compensation. they think their home is their castle. a phrase that stems from the 17th century jurist lord cook. unfortunately, over the course of the 20th century, that right to private property has been slowly eroded by a series of decisions that have come from the state supreme courts and the u.s. supreme court. early on in the area of regulatory takings, and more recently in the area of the full use of eminent domain whereby government condemns a person's property, not for use by the public but rather to transfer the title to another private owner for the purpose of economic development, and
. and i think i can use them. >> can you tell us which ones? >> the two i am referring to is wajeha al-huwaider and from syria to also push the envelope very much. you look at individuals who treasure their rights and their freedoms as individual into question the culture around them. and of course they have democratic inclinations. and i think they can be used as a probing the tolerance and probing their environment. and in fact, they provide outstanding die. i think the most difficult cases you have are the ones on iraq and iran. and the difficulty is one very much within the complexity of the two individuals you chose. and obviously it is not an easy task to try and choose one out of the 18 million iranians, and one i guess in that case out of arab countries. both characters were maybe with good intentions and definitely i would say being young, attractive to ideals, walk into revolutions and coups and regime changes. and then they get exposed to all sorts of things while they have been part of these regimes. and then either they were forced, kicked out, threatened, whatever it is,
a history of drug use and culture in the united states including opium in new york in the 19th century, drug experimentation in the 1960's and the debates about the legalization of marijuana. he explains why certain trucks popular at certain times in history and gives his thoughts on the government's war on drugs. back pages books in massachusetts holds this event. it lasts about an hour. >> i'm constantly asking myself what is the point of the reading and how we make the idea of an author talk or reading sound less boring and the issue is so few of us have the time in a date to peace these things together six hinckley and brilliantly and watching ryan talk about something as boring as government policy but how it really represented something on a map, a shift in how drugs mover of this country and with their related to in terms of what we need and what we use, what we desire and how we tried to get it is a truly brilliant thing. it does change the way to view this country and how we deal with people. so this is an honor to might, it's an important and necessary book, "this is your country o
as real, their findings were taken by world leaders, so much so, they were used to frame legislation to the end of the century. the other agencies are prepared to hold grand meetings and copenhagen and then agree, 40 or more years, the assumption is global heating is so serious that expensive action is needed now if we are to avoid damaging climate change affecting our children and grandchildren. obviously it will be the cool spell indicating they have overestimated climate change. i think that instead they have underestimated the severity of global heating, mainly because they paid too much attention to human factors to industrial and domestic pollution, they have not enough attention to the earth's response to what we are doing. this is going to be the subject of my talk this evening. when i look at climate change from the point of view of our planet rather than the human viewpoint, i see that report as the scariest official document i have ever read. the earth does not just passively accept what we do, it responds to climate change and that response is more deadly than the small c
. he writes a lot of plays about his experiences. he used to live in los angeles, now found love and lives in utah . so he's a contributor to the book. another one is "gehad for love." which is a movie about gays in islam. he talking about what it was like to travel the world and try to speak to gay muslims around the world get them to be on film and tell their stories. that's another chapter. after the editor of the gay magazine which in american the magazine means freedom. he has one in arabic and english. he recented started a gay islamic press. there are other men who have also written stories, many men who have lived in the middle east and muslim countries. there's a couple things that i want to point out in this book. as i'm speaking, and i've been using some of these terms as i talk. i'm painting some very broad definitions. i'm using muslim world. it's a very artificial term when i say "muslim world." we would never say i look this trip to the christian world. it was fabulous. i have to tell you about what it was like to go to the christian world. you won't believe what i
. put the pieces in their pocket or their back packin tell us how many questions they saw it correctly. presumably people are not smart and because they shred the piece of paper but now they claim to sell seven. it is not its if we had a few bad apples that skewed the distribution. instead we have lots of people who cheated just a little bit. why do people cheat? the bekka model of cheating is every day when we walk by anything we consider three things. we say to ourselves how much money is in the till? what is the chance they will catch us? how much time we get in prison? [laughter] we weighed the cost benefit analysis and decide whether-- it sounds like a crazy model and it is. but realize this is the model driving the legal system. so in some sense it is an odd modeled but it very important model in a practical way because of the role of economics in our society. so, let's check this model. how would we checked that model? a big part of it is how you spend today. some people tell them we would pay 10 cents for question, others 25 cents per correct question. would it matter how much
that book. the third book i have to be in the week at night has been by my bedside many of us are but maybe this is finally the summer i will read the powerbroker by robert a. caro on robert moses. it is something i wanted to read a long time and it's that kind of book you need a nice summer month to find the time to read it. >> to see more summer reading lists and other program information, visit our website at .. >> at every level in the federal government and we have seen a significant losses across the united states and obama one in a very decisive victory not only winning electorally with a large mandate but carrying a very significant filibuster-proof senate and a strong majority in the congress. these are serious times for conservatives and republicans that want to have a two-party system and see that important for the future of the nation important foundation for our republic can form of government. today we have a number of distinguished guests broke i have an newsmax one of the new on-line new media companies in america restarted 10 years ago and we reach 5 million ame
of government. .. i would use the word powerhouses to describe the people on the panel table today. some of them are not household names but their names that carry significant weight in the conservative movement. at the far left is richard viguere. use considered the godfather of conservative direct mail and has created really the modern conservative movement by helping dozens and dozens of many of the leading conservative groups in the nation. bypass the media and machek to give donors to support cause that advocate for conservative principles. next to him is thomas phillips. thomas is a heavyweight conservative media. he is the founder of eagle international, which started with the 1,000-dollar investment newsletter business in 1974 and grew that to a newsletter business in the hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues. he is best known as the owner of the eagle publishing, which produces human events which rodham reagan said was his most favorite publication and tom has kept a true to the traditions of ronald reagan. at regnery books, which publishes bestseller rafter bestseller that many o
delta when we visited three years after ken's death when he said directly to us shell is responsible for my son's death. as we sat there listening to the father, the son and grandson, who i was sitting next to judith browne chomsky. she was our guest for the hour. judith browne chomsky was one of the leading attorneys in this case that led to this landmark settlement. when i asked noam tonight how he would like to be introduced, he said tell them i am the brother-in-law of judith browne chomsky. [applause] judith is married to noam's younger david, david. noam was born december 7, 1928 in philadelphia. by the age of ten, he was writing an extended essay against fascism and about the spanish civil war. don't be discouraged. [applause] at 14, he was getting his education, as he tells it, in the back of the 72nd street subway station here in new york. you go up the front, that is where you buy newspapers and the french newspaper stand where people would rush by, by their papers and go but it was the back, less populated stand where the stragglers would be where his uncle ran the newspap
 and as a weapon that could be used against us. there has been such a thing as an emp commission that was established by congress. didn't get a whole lot of publicity. >> you put that in the past tense as well. >> exactly. >> there's some talk about reinstating the commission and they're out of business or going out of business as i discuss this, if i'm correct. particularly important to understand that, for example, the iranian regime, which has as its rallying cry and has for 30 years death to america, they know about emp as the congressional emp commission found out. and if i'm correct, they have been working -- the iranian regime, let me put it bluntly, has been working on developing the capability to launch an emp attack; is that correct? >> now you're getting into a core issue that's actually part of the book. there have been -- there has been testing going on from barges of the caspian sea of doing a launch and declaring that it's a failure. there's only one profile that fits a vertical launch for use. this to me is the equivalent of say you and i are out in a cruise and t
to reservation, very often using the name martine. he had lots of fake ids that had those names on them. but he changed his name a lot and eventually he made his way down to the reservation down in tucson where he eventually was arrested where he changed his whole way of working. he stopped doing environmental work in this kind of way and he started working with indian youth taking them to environmental events like at mount graham where they have giant controversies over giant telescopes over there. . they were with his tribe and the youth of his tribe and this is the arc that he had traveled. he was arrested in 1994 but when he went to his trial he was only tried for one fire that he set which was at michigan state in lansing, michigan. and even then they didn't have him setting the fire but for conspiracy. but even then he covered his tracks but unbeknownst to me and thousands of people following him. he had confessed everything but he had -- it had been sealed. the judge had sealed the confession and so no one could see it so i never learned about it until rod told me like five years later,
seems to be in aeath spiral, and the u.s. automakers are on their knees and the stock market just had its worst year since 1931. welcome to the great recession. i am not trying to be glib because there's a lot of pain and suffering out tre and there's nothing funny about losi your job or seeing your stock ptfolio get a serious serc fetter watching your 401(k) turning to a 201(k). but, to the extent that downturns like the current one calls us to, to the extent it shakes up the status quo agb causes us to reexamine our goals and that in itself can create enormous opportunities. opportunities to rlect about what you really have and one of the thgs i am going t do, i am going to convince you or certainly hope to convince you th by the end of my talk you are going to feel like one of the wealthiest people wh ever lived. you are one of the wealthiest people who hasver lived, what do you know what are not. you are so fortunate that he make the powerball said-- look like second ze. you not-- may not feel that way but i'm going to do my best to convince you otherwise. i want to start up by ta
i am so glad you are able to be here with us tonight forhis terrific panel. i want to thank our co-sponsor, the public concern foundation,, democracy now, code think. as we try to find our way out of this mass, we should listen to those who warned us of this day of reckoning because history matters, and when too many have as their mantra don't worry, be happy, asian, like an early warning system, alerted us to the dangers of the regulatory frenzy, predaty lendin rising economic inequality, and from the speculative bubbles. as the crisis has deepened the nation and its many moving parts aren't writers and nation institute fellows on television and radio at our web site,, events like the emerncy town hall meeting reconvened last october, and in this new title, from nation books, meltdown. .. >> and author ideas as to how can recover and build a more democratic, more fair and sustainable economy. thank you for coming this evening and i turn it over to our d.c. editor [applause] good evening. however you doing? you made it inside. congratulations. my name is ch
in a very readable book and i know that john and elizabeth had have special comments for us and join us for the q & a afterwards. so please join me in welcoming to the podium, john roberts. >> just a little bit over 50 years ago, a very enigmatc monk sailed into the harbor of new york to settle into the saw it's. i decided to start this morning talking about him, because he turned out to be the living human bridge in a changing political movement to maintain tibet's freedom that began as a cold war operation in the 1950's under president truman, and continued to become a counterculture cause up till today, where it's a mass global movement. and that transformation of a political movement to maintain freedom for an occupied country is really a kind of profound thing. the monk was a colmic mongolian. they shared tibetan buddhism going back 50 years with the dalai lama and the tibetan theocracy. he never would have come to the united states if it weren't for world war ii. at the end of world war ii, there were many displaced people in the soviet union including in mongolia and a coup of ca
the book and pj being here and it is a great honor for us and let's get with it. here's pj o'rourke. [applause]. >> thank you. >> thank you. thank you so much for coming here. i really appreciate it. and, i really appreciate being here. i have tended to make these flying visits to los angeles and i've never gotten a chance to go to the museum. today is me first day at the museum and after i get done talking to you guys and sign some books i hope if you want them signed and they are probably more valuable if they aren't signed... but! [laughter]. >> you know, but, i'm going to spend some time and then i've got a five-year-old that like, if it has wheels, it rules! you know? and i have to go down, i have been on book tour three weeks and cannot come home empty handed and i have to go shopping here today, too. anyway, it is i'm afraid a last time to say, how shall we put it, sayonara to the american car. american automobile companies, ford, gm, chrysler will live long in some form, a kind of marley's ghost dragging their chains and -- at takes pairs's expense and you know, and t
a criminal enterprise, two counts of money laundering, one count of carrying and using a firearm in conjunction with drug trafficking and multiple counts of distribution and carrying of methamphetamine. floyd was tried separately and sentenced to 15 years in lev leavenworth prison where he died of a heart attack before he would have paroled. laurie got ten years in the federal penitentiary and was released after serving eight in july of 1999. her son and only child was 15 years old. laurie had been gone for half of his life. by then, the meth business in the midwest had mutated into something that laurie couldn't believe. though she was quick to comprehend that it was a new, much more fully developed phenomenon than that which she had created. and along with laurie identified a spot for herself in the new order, she did the thing that she'd been doing all of her life. she went right back into business. [applause] >> thank you. >> okay. it's question and answer time. >> okay. >> i see a hand over there. >> yeah. >> i didn't have a chance to read the whole book but i was wondering
there was always a guy who would stand up in front and say, the way -- we know how children learn and that used to make me crazy, just to start the conversation, i wanted to say, you know how they learn every hour of the day? do you know how every child learns? but, then he'd say they learn by doing things not by being lectured to, if someone tills things, don't absorb itted as quickly or easily or maybe not at all and i used to nod my head and said that is righted, why are you in the front of the room telling us things and i don't want to tell you things, i hope we'll discuss that as well. so i got -- i think the start of the book, really, is -- i have two kids who went through public school and before they even got, got interested in what the schools were like -- got in, i got interested in what the schools were like and, you know, got called an educational activist and that means i cared about it. not for my kids as for the whole environment of the place. and my central question, really, was, what is this about? why do we do this and send these kids to this building on one side of town and w
any american i was asking these questions. and i just decided to go back and use the skills i had learned as an investigative reporter for abc news, and literally put 1 foot in front of the other and try and figure this out. this wasn't the greatest intelligence failure since pearl harbor. as many people said. it was the greatest intelligence failure since the trojan horse. and how with a budget in america leading up to 9/11 did this happen. so there are five big intelligence agencies as you know. the cia, fbi, dia. national security intelligence and the state department has what. the old one that a citizen like me, a reporter without subpoena power could actually investigate look into was the fbi. and particularly, because the war on terror as we know it, with the exception of a few missiles that were fired into khartoum into the clinton years, the war on terror really was conducted as a legal case is, investigated by the two what we call bin laden offices of origin. the new york office of the fbi which i'll refer to repeatedly today, known as the n. y. oh, and the office of u.s.
to talk a bill bit about what president obama did yesterday. he announced a relaxation of the u.s. embargo on cuba. this began in october, 1960. it was instituted by president eisenhower just a few days before the election between richard nixon and john kennedy. candidate nixon asked the president to do something to show some swine toward cuba and the embargo is this that that was taken. president obama yesterday relaxed the embargo. the announcement was a product of several factors. one of them as he promised to do so on the campaign trail. in may of 2008 when he was still trying to get the democratic nomination he went down to miami and spoke to a group of cuban-americans and he said i will relax the embargo to allow more family visits and unrestricted remittances to families in cuba. and clearly mr. obama is as you know a very bright man but has spent no time studying cuba so he was told to do this. this isn't a while you are on the plane, mr. obama, read to this -- read this. this is what you are going to say to the cuban-americans when you land. and what is generally the case which ha
the seams intend to do so. her steps are wide and she never stops talking eager to introduce us to the place that she loved so much, the place she is terrified of losing. like a young girl, money is conscious of everybody she points out deer tracks, a single red leaf tucker rating of the summer ground, a blue jay feather that has drifted down she runs her hand over the trunk of an oak and glances up at this guy and comments. this woman is one with the mountain and they know and respect each other in is a parent to not only the way may talks about the mountain but the way she moves up with grace and ease stepping lightly to disturb the least amount of perth possible. even though she also says i cannot get appear as fast as i use to which is hard to believe she is a woman who is used to being in motion a medical professional a fiddler and activist record she moves with the determination her arms, her legs intent on the purpose and her feet on a mission. today she is under way to the high rock, her favorite place in the world and although she wants to take her time and enjoy the walk of she is
the drug laws in a way, using marijuana specifically. i met some of the local indian tribes and discovered to my chagrin they you could smoke marijuana on the reservation without getting arrested. and perhaps that was a place for the next event. we spent some time talking to the indians, for some reason they declined. i became friends with rick of very -- rick o'barry creator of flipper, he trained the dolphins. interesting side story, at one point he committed suicide, realize he should beef price possible for starting the industry he was responsible for, capturing dolphins and putting them in tanks and he became an activist for freeing them around the world, he has been doing that for 40 years. and amazing movie, i encourage everyone to see it. it is a wonderful film. we decided, because we were both friends -- we would moderate together. with a couple other people, marshall had a club called blues image, also some partners -- [laughter] that was kind of cool. we had to do the show in three weeks. there began my career -- i put it in new york and we managed to get their, the headliner we
was really proud of him. he never once flinched. i said, this guy has to have us both put in a cement jacket. he said, hell with it. put him in one. you know, you're talng about ople who ruined, who ruined thousands of people. they had to leave their bonuses behind and all that kind of thing, which was terrible. people who had worked a lifetime at lehmans walked out and their million shares or half a million shares at 75 bucks was suddenly wort nothing. it was just the most terrible thing you can imagine. now, that really is about as ch as i can tell you all i did was sit and write the story. i will read you a couple of bits if you would like, which will show you what it was like to write this stuff for larry, not knowing that much about it, and trying to make it all spring to life, which is quite difficult. hang on. this is a bit about when delta went bust. they had an analyst in that firm called james castle, who had beenaying that delta could not survive. now, that's a pretty big thing to say about an airline tha has 145 boeing in the packing lot. sh said, couldn't happen. i tell you a bi
it was and it wasn't liable information because it meant i englishman could use the techniques of the british tabloid journalist to put my foot in the door the fight could not get there by any other means. and indeed i would. but i also have another way of getting there. people who knew and had told me the way to get to him was through with an. [laughter] -- women so i tried to meet appropriate women and through a chain of three or four, eventually i have to extend my stay by one week, a christmas was almost there, the 21st of december, 1990 i received a message i will give you 10 minutes. they will turn up at 6:00 at your hotel. i went i got a little speech ready for my 10 minutes. i did not need to get ready because we talked for three hours and he gave me a lot of whiskey and we had a great time and i was absolutely thrilled i would be gabriel garcia marquez best friend. , a soul mate. and indeed he invited me back the next day. i went back the next evening which was my last day in havana before i flew home for christmas in the u.k.. when i got back the next evening i told the story a number of ti
, but at that time, the u.s. economy began to shutter a little bit, b it seems like pretty much every other episode we have had in recent economic history. we have had some bickel calamity and then they figure out how to-- we have some big calamity, and then the economy manages to shake it off. after all over the last 20 years we have had the stock market crash of the high-tech stocks, we have mekong presidentia election, we had 9/11, we have a uple of fords and bracken each time the economy wld sort of hit hard and the bounce back so there was no reason to believe that this time would be any different. about a year ago in august 2008 it was already clear that this was going to be a little unusual. the fed had called an emergency cord that they had not touched since the great depression in your money to subsidize theo purchase of bear stearns by jpmorgan chase and the u.s. economy was beginning to slow ppecipitously, but even a year ago, it seemed very unlikely at we were about to tumble into anything that resembled the great depression. and then, in september and octor of 2009, we cameloser to som
the spy plane made contact with the u.s. special operations team hunting high-value targets. they reached out to task force, tracking terrorists electronically. once they confirmed they had him on the phone, a u.s. warplane took off and launch a precision air strike the moment is vehicle moved out of a populated area. the x -- the 4 x 4 was obliterated, they never knew what was -- what hit them. the military commander for six key provinces, he was at the time the highest ranking taliban official to be eliminated since the u.s.-led coalition invaded afghanistan in october 2001. all the u.s. military officials in the western media hailed his killing, cut the circumstance of his death got less attention. the man in charge of the taliban's finances got taken out. one of the things i hope comes from this book is it helps people redefine how they think of the taliban and al qaeda. most of us have preconceived notion of what the taliban are like. we think of them as guys who are in desperate need of a pedicure or at least a bath, living in caves in afghanistan. we think of them as illiterate, fa
, which is the destructive creation, to use the word of joseph peter, destructive creation, when an activity has become obsolete, irrelevant, it is to be closed, destroyed, in order to be reaced by something else. in principle, like free trade, it is extremely efficient. in planned economy, new factories were closed, this is why there was no growth in the soviet union. when you close a factory, simultaneoly, new factories or new activities will be created somewhere, but you don't know where. therefore, there will be no television coverage. it is like free trade, it creates a symmetry. this explains why for politicians, pundits, is easier, beyond the fact that sometimes they do not understand the principle of economics or they do not like it which is in st. what you don't understand, you don't like, it helps, if i may y so, that the negative aspects of growth are visible, and the positives are not as easily visible. economics and free market economics are not extremely popular. what is extremely interesting, i read about this, this came as a surprise f many people, even for econom
country coach. volunteer i might have. he is professor emeritus of the u.s. naval academy and the author and editor of over a dozen and a half books. his most famous books are a barbie of joseph johnston, a biography of patrick labor and, a book called decision and see which is about five naval battles the ship american history, but today he is here to talk about what i think is his best book, "lincoln and his admirals". abraham lincoln, the u.s. navy and the civil war, this book won the lincoln prize this year which brings all sorts of prestige as well as a tidy lot of cash. [laughter] so we will start off with a gene and then move to craggy and at that point we will open up to questions from the audience. >> thanks, joe. i'm delighted to be here. i am a native of maryland but it is my first visit to the key school. and what a very impressive institution is. i am also a thrill to be a part as a neighbor of the road in baltimore county of the annapolis boat festival. and i am here to talk about my biography of the mary todd lincoln. who is as many of you know our most controversial first
of the u.s. congress since 1998, representing california's wind the district, and she is the chair of the congressional black caucus. congresswoman lee graduated from mills college and received a master's of social work from the university of california at berkeley. she is perhaps best known as the only member of congress to vote against the authorization for the use of military force against terrorist act. she voted no -- [applause] she voted no because she believed that the legislation granted overly broad powers to the president at a time when the facts were just not yet clear. her book, which she will be discussing with us today is entitled renegade for peace and justice converse woman barbara lee speaks for me charlie savage is a pulitzer prize-winning journalist. he's the washington correspondent for "the new york times" and the author of "takeover" the return of the imperial presidency and subversion of american democracy. and we have a copy of that here, and it's a wonderful book and you can see my copy is much loved. it is a hard book to put down. in 2007 when writing for
with juan williams, thanks for joining us on booktv. >> guest: thank you, for having me. i appreciate it. journalist and author nicholas basbanes has written seven books about the culture, but people and places. his first work "a gentle madness" published in 1995 this had a 20 printings during his most recent books are "every book its reader" en "a world of letters". yale university press 1980 to 2008. booktv visited the north massachusetts home of nicholas basbanes to tour his vast collection of books and to learn about his writing habits. he is currently writing a book on the history of paper. >> hi, come on in. welcome to the of this. >> things are allowing us into your,. >> they give for having the courage and fortitude to come and take a look at some of our books here. >> i understand have books and almost every room in the house. >> , no, in every room of the house, we're surrounded by books, we are engulfed by them and surrounded by them and very much a part of our life. >> where should we start? >> we just came in and i guess we could start with the books over the fireplace here
the british empire was in its glory, and they used to say the sun never sets on the union jack meaning that the british flag was flying somewhere in the world. there is the story about this helmet and about bruce, and it relates to you. i'm going to put this away for now and tell the story a title bit later. i'm not a gang expert. you're the gang experts. i am a writer. "no boundaries" is not an academic work. not a textbook concept sociology. it not is an encyclopedia of latino gangs. it is not a handbook for investigators. there are very good books like that that i have read that are available. some of them on the web site of the cgia written by gang detectives in orange county. but what my book, "no boundaries," and it is a work of journalism, narrative nonfiction. it tells real stories about real people in real cases. i aim to describe through the story the story of the traumatic birth, the turbulent growth, and the violent criminal activity of the major transnational latino criminal gangs and the response of you all, american law enforcement, to those things. now whatever else "no
in state and local governments. the more educated people now than there used to be. the indian land problems that have completely survived, i don't think there's any real fighting. but land distribution is still a serious proble i would say if the mexicans central government wanted to start their one thing, quit concentrating everything on mexico city. it's the biggest city in the world. 22 million people. is ridiculous but it's hagiographical, which he said he has a hard time putting out there but what about the other cities in mexico? some of these factors could be in there, that's for sure there's a tendency, this one on under the spanish. it went on under the aztecs. it went on before them. this was going to be the hub of the empire, and therefore everything would come in and serve it. like venice. but mexico city's industrial overhead and population could well be dispersed a little better, or be a lot more economical instead having every thing she attended a place. but that's as far as i'milling to fight anyway. [inaudible] >> does the government suppress education gaer? >> oh,
. the u.s. automakers are on their knees and stock market had its worst year since 1931. welcome to the great recession. i am not trying to be glib because there's a lot of pain and suffering out there and there's nothing funny about losing your job or seeing your stock portfolio get a serious bear cub are watching your 401(k) turning to a tool one k. but to the extent the downturns like the current one calls us two, to the extent it shakes up the status quo, it causes us to reexamine our goals and priorities and that in itself tancretti enormous opportunities opportunities to reflect about what you really have in one of the things i'm going to do, i am going to convince you or certainly hope to convince you that by the end of my talk you are going to feel like one of the wealthiest people who has ever lived. you are one of the wealthiest people that is ever lived. you are so fortunate you make the powerball winners look like second-class citizens. you may not feel that way after the belly flop the real-estate market and stock market have recently done but i'm going to do my best
baric period in u.s. history that surely someone tried to figure out how those individuals raised their children and the historians and scholars called me crazy. i was much younger when i first started, and they would say, listen, young lady, you are wasting your time, you're lucky to find grandchildren. and i can give you a few, but you're not going to find children, and i inherited from my dad stubbornness and i always thought i was right. i don't have thats much anymore, but i always thought i was right, so i didn't believe them, and i went ahead and called department of aging, state by state, each state tracks the aging population and i spoke to someone who spoke to someone who gave me a reference to a neighbor who knew of someone, right. so those were all the phone calls and i started from alabama and worked my way down, and as the world got around, i found about 35, 40 in the beginning. i was not smart enough to quit my job at the time and i eventually did quit my job, and traveled the country, and everyone i spoke to, except for one, had since died. and one person actually
with that this is a better day for the american conversations, discussions we've been having. i thank him for joining us. editor lauren doctorow had the good sense to be born in new york and live in the bronx. what more can i say? [laughter] >> second generation american. his father was a fan of edgar allan poe. i assume that is what that is where the edgar comes from? mac you are speaking of my youth? >> right. >> it was pretty wild. i read all the time. and we had a lot of music in the family. my mother was a pianist. and my father was proprietor of a music shop. he kept it going through the depression, and finally lost it in the 1940s. but there was always a lot of books in the house, a lot of music and no money. and they were readers, my parents. am i speaking to the point here? >> yes. >> and then i found out i was named after a ground po. there is always an injunction when children are given names and poe, my father loved his work. actually eat like a lot of bad writers. [laughter] >> but poe is our greatest bad writer so i take some solution there. he died many years ago. my mother lived into her
have important business between us, amongst us, and so, teaching is a pleasure and agrees too. it can be an enormous irritation. by and large it is wonderful. one of the most remarkable things about the college is the relation of the faculty to each other. we are colleagues, we help each other. we have many study groups, some of them are funded, some of them are voluntary. every week, everyone who teaches a certain kind of class meets with everyone else who is teaching it to talk about problems. we know each other, we irritate each other, on occasion, we know our eccentricities but when push comes to shove, people are reasonable hand is is a great community to flourish. that is how it looked in the beginning and that is how it looks now. we have one campus here in an atlas and another one in santa fe. it is a college like no other college. all colleges say that of themselves but it really is like no other college. we have and are required program, 4 years. the teachers have to do the whole program, whatever their specialty was when they came. they have to do everything and that includ
. today he neutralized him. i think the whole key, rick will understand this, using the fastball nearly the count, getting ahead, and in the middle innings using the get ahead curve ball he couldn't even swing it. >> i think felix pie has put himself back in the mix in the outfield situation that the orioles have. he is showing everybody this guy knows what a bat is in his hand, hitting the bat with power and making it tough on dave trembley to figure out where to play all four of these guys. >> buck: there is no manager that doesn't want to play these players. terry crowley did give this guy a chance, ironing out problems, being more selective and he is going to the opposite field. he was having good at-bats and showing a lot of power to the opposite field and to me it is a good sign that he knows what he is doing at the plate and the good step in the right direction for him, as well. >> buck: enjoy your comments. time now for the dave trembley press conference. >> jim: but he doesn't need to do that. his arm speed was very good on all four of his pitches today. i think that was probab
business using your assets or something like that. what it is, the reason for the title, is there was an explorer who literally in his desire to conquer the as -- aztecs not burn his ships. the whole point it was an irretrievable set of circumstances. when i was trying to describe in the book is that microsoft went through a similar epiphany. we had to burn the ships so the company couldn't go back obvious what everybody thought microsoft might do on some of the commitments we were making. what was this one? there was a clause in microsoft's agreement for years called the n.a.p. clause, that was stool for not officially patented. that was wrote by bill gates. what we were -- they were -- i joined microsoft in 2006. they were really concerned about was a situation where the windows ecosystem, assuming we ever got one, would be fought with litigation too and from. bill was smart enough to anticipate what the world was like today. he made this clause, you agree got to sue anybody for patent infridgement or following the way they might use windows. that was okay. it was okay
with the fact that u.s. soldiers had killed babies, young children, mothers and grandmother's. the military then and since has insisted that the milan massacre was an isolated incident, it was an aberration. war crimes in vietnam were all isolated incidents. committed by few rogue units, not a con occurrence or a systemic -- common occurrence or a systemic problem. soldiers came home from vietnam and tried to tell the public differently, but ultimately, they were either disbelieved or written off as liars, fabricators, and traitors by the government and much of the public. over time, that notion took hold. that other than milea, and a few other publicly noted war crimes, that atrocities weren't a significant problem in vietnam, but behind the scenes, the army kept a secret file that showed otherwise. atrocities weren't in fact limited to a few isolated incidents. they were common and they were systemic. the records were compiled by the army staff. after cy hirsch exposed the massacre, the army assembled an internal task force to collect reports. army investigators pulled together allegation
orleans, but i used to live in mexico and it's a lot more like mexico and it is like the united states. in such fundamentals as the way people in new orleans relate to time or relate to money or relate to envision, it is just nothing like the country that we all live in. and it was not settled by the english the way the rest of the united states was. it was settled by the french and spanish, and they just did things very differently, and what has remained they're a city that in the context of kind of modern go-go american capitalism is just like a city sized act of civil disobedience. new orleans just does not play by the rules we play by. for example, we and what we call the real world are very future oriented. it's the american thing. we are dreamers and skiers, chasing the horizon, planning for tomorrow, working today to make tomorrow better. and new orleans the future does not exist at all. people there just don't think about tomorrow or think about leader today. it is all about living in the moment and it's about enjoying this minute right now. and that is not a world view necessa
. i am monica crowley. thank you so much for being with us today. .. >> i guess i thought i would talk or a bid to while some they also like to do we have a small group feel free to fill in but how many of you watch cnbc? many if you are cnbc viewers we may have a pretty educated viewership so i am curious five like to do this in small groups or large groups how many of you think the economy has seen its worst days and will improve? okay. how many of you think we will see economic growth in 2010 not adjusted gdp being flat but actual growth? not too optimistic. we are in new york how many of you think we're in for a very tough time or we have seen the worst of it? do things we have seen the worst of it? okay. finally, how many of you think this shows her israel? [laughter] nobody? nobody? i will tell you at the end you have to stay. i wrote the book is still wearing hour documentary house of cards three spent over one year on that it was late 2007 a lot of people who i had been speaking to i began as a banking reporter in 2007 as you get older so do your sources and then move up in ins
. very -- demon straightive in his effort to try to throw the ball low. tell us about catching it and what that is like and being that vocal behind the plate. >> tom what, he was trying to do is communicate with the pitcher on every pitch, something that you have to do, especially when you have a young pecking staff like the orioles have. you have to constantly remind them what you want them to do until they get capable of doing it themselves. you thought that mueller was back there trying to remind the piper every single pitch to stay in the zone and every thing he saw, whether it was move the glove to the right or left or try to keep the ball down, he communicated with him. that is the number one key working with the staff and being successful on the field and mueller's a veteran guy, knows what he's talking about and trying to help him as much as possible. you will see a lot of that through the course of the game. >> the communications from behind the plate and visit the pitcher. >> sometimes when you want to say something, you don't want the hitter to hear, you have to go o
getting acclimated to the war and getting used to being an iraq. he said something happens to these guys because i left them i am their leader and i can't do it. he said i know you need me but they need me more. i was serious and scared and i was about to have a baby in three weeks and i had no plan me and all a sudden i'm faced with what does this mean? and my docto had arranged to induce me awake early so that we could cornyn to schedule and he could come from iraq and suddenly he was in coming. well, we worked through that and i understood it. i am proud to share that story now because even though many have you understand the outrage of felt at the time i think you'll also see what kind of man of character he was. he wrote a journal entry about that and this is what he said: jordan, i could not be at your birth because of the war. remember i told you all about the themes, theme about uomen comes through in this as well. i could not be at your birth because of the war but you were surrounded by strong women whe you were born. all of these women embodied the reasons you should never eve
, were using these conflicts as means to get at one another. in the case of arab/israeli conflict started in the 1960s. before that the united states and the soviet union were on the same day and 1948 both supported israel. 1976 both supported egypt. they were in conflict with one another but the conflict had not yet become polarized along cold war lines in the '40s and '50s. that is what is, in fact, happened. both sides were getting first-line weapons from their superpower patrons. the war of attrition, the war that was fought after the '67 was infinitely more destructive in terms of the sheer destructive power of the weaponry used. the 1973 war involved one of the largest tank battles in history, the largest tank battle since korsk and very, very extensive damage. my point here is that these conflicts in the region were, in fact, made much worse by the way in which they came to track with the cold war as in the case of the arab countries they came to be aligned with the soviet union. in the case of israel, it came to be aligned with the united states. and i argue the same thing in look
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